For the longest time, the master bedroom held the title of "Most Spartan Room" in our apartment. Neither Chris nor I took our bedroom furniture (aside from our bed) with us to BKK as nothing we had was worthy of the journey. Old beat-up chests of drawers, makeshift bedside tables, or $50 specials from Ikea. Then in January, we came upon a furniture manufacturer that made some really cool pieces with resin inlays and ordered a chest of drawers and two bedside tables, and we have another bureau arriving on Tuesday. So, we're good now, and love our grown-up bedroom furniture with the resin-and-cinnamon-stick detail.
The "Most Spartan Room" title then passed to the baby. Her bedroom has a crib, of course, and a changing table, and my beloved POANG chair (still the comfiest seat in the house). Sadie has been around for over ten months, and I'm embarrassed to admit that her board books and toys live on the floor. It's not that I've been lazy, really - but I have been discouraged in my hunt for book/toy storage! My dream would be this Cameron cubby and base storage system from PBK - I could stick toys in the very bottom, books in a few cubbies, and still have room for a basket or two for smaller toys or stuffed animals.
I went by myself to two custom furniture makers in town to get quotes for making a copy of the Cameron pieces, but both of them were crazy-expensive. They were insistent on teak wood, which make the estimates about three times higher than what PBK actually sells the units for in the first place. The second company did admit that they could make the unit out of MDF, but that my quote would stay the same. Grr. I wasn't really thinking teak and $1500 for a shelving unit for my baby's room, you know? Frustrating.
Chris and I went out on Saturday afternoon to look at one more place - Mother Goose - where we had Madeline's bedroom furniture made (she holds the "Most Over-Decorated Room" award). I don't think that they will be quoting to do the job in teak, so my fingers are crossed ...